A moment of silence to mark one week since deadly mudslide
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 01:00
March 29 - Workers and volunteers at site of deadly mudslide in Washington state pause search to observe moment of silence in honor of the victims. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Work crews carrying out the grim task of combing through debris from a landslide that sent a wall of mud cascading over dozens of homes on the outskirts of a rural Washington town came to a standstill briefly on Saturday (March 29) for a moment of silence.
The somber moment at 1037 PDT (1737 GMT) was observed exactly one week after the catastrophe, amid uncertainty over the fate of 90 people still listed as missing.
"At 1037, all personnel stopped work - that's the people building the roads, the people on the east side, the heavy equipment operators and everyone who's searching out in the field - for a moment of silence in honor of that moment," said said Snohomish County Fire Battalion Chief Steve Mason, "so that the people that we are searching for know that we are serious, that we care about them and that we want to honor them in any way we can. So to mark that moment, at 1037, we stopped."
On Friday, the unofficial body count rose to 27.
One more body was found on Friday in the muck and rubble left after the rain-soaked hillside above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River gave way without warning on the outskirts of Oso, northeast of Seattle, a Snohomish County official said.
But that body was not included in the official death toll of 17, based on bodies found, extricated and identified by medical examiners, a process complicated by the fact that some remains have not been found intact.
"This has a toll on everybody," said Mason. "There's no one out here that hasn't been touched by the magnitude of what's going on."
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